Updated on 2021/06/03

Tour - Old Quarter of Bilbao

Description

Easy access route, running entirely through urban terrain. Two sections have been differentiated: The first an urban environment like the Seven Streets of the Old Quarter. This route takes us through the 7 main streets of the Old Quarter of Bilbao without difficulty. The ground is paved with marble paving stones, wide streets. It can be slippery when it rains. Section two runs through a recovered Green Area recommended for people with reduced mobility. It begins at Atxuri Train Station with the Estuary as a companion to the Bilbao District of La Peña.

Highlight

  • Arenal Gardens
  • Plaza Nueva
  • Miguel de Unamuno Square
  • Zamudio Gateway
  • Somera Street
  • La Ribera Market
  • La Ribera Street
  • Plaza de Santiago
  • Correo Street
  • Yhon Palace

How to get here

By road:
From France: Bilbao is 8 hours by car from Paris, connecting to other important cities on the way, i.e. nearby Donostia (100km), Baiona (150km), Biarritz (150km), Pau, Toulouse, Bordeaux, Limoges, Tours, etc. 
Madrid & Meseta: Madrid is 4 hours away passing through the nearby Vitoria-Gasteiz (60km) and Burgos (150km). 
Barcelona & Mediterranean: Barcelona is a 6 hour journey passing through Logroño (130km) and Zaragoza or via Pamplona (150 km). The Catalonian capital opens Bilbao to the Mediterranean hub, both Spanish (Valencia, Majorca and Ibiza, Costas: Brava, Dorada, Del Sol…) and French (Montpellier, Cote d’Azur, etc.) 
Cantabrian region: Westwards Bilbao is an hour away from Santander (100 km) and connected to cities like Oviedo, Gijón, Santiago de Compostela, A Coruña and Vigo, very close to Portugal.

By bus:
Several options, all arriving at the Intermodal (medium and long-haul bus station)

By train:
Renfe- Suburban or intercity Euskotren Feve By air: Further information at BILBAO AIRPORT, TRANSPORT & CAR PARK

By sea:
Further information at:

Brittany FERRIES
Bilbao Port

 (https://www.bilbaoturismo.net/BilbaoTurismo/es )

Route

Bilbao (Biscay)

Section 1

From the Siete Calles (Seven Streets) to Arenal

Suitable for people with reduced mobility (PRM)

Straightforward pedestrian crossing with no slopes along all the streets of the Old Quarter. A well-connected urban section with wheelchair access public transport. Regular surface, possibly with some potholes as the surface of the 7 streets is cobbled with pieces of marble; however, this doesn’t hinder wheelchair transit. WCs with wheelchair access along this section, e.g. in Arenal Square. 

Description of the section and its accessibility level

Section length
1,60 km
Pavement
Cobblestone
Obstacles
  • Potential potholes when walking on cobblestone pavement.
  • Tramway tracks depending on where it crosses.

Equipment for receiving the external resource on the section

Is there reception equipment on the section?
No
Outdoor space: Parking areas and access to equipment
Are the access slopes suitable for people with reduced mobility?
No
Are there railings and/or handrails?
No
Indoor space: General features
Are the access slopes suitable for people with reduced mobility?
No
Personal care area
Are there personnel trained in accessibility in the facilities?
No
Rest zone
Is there a rest area at the reception?
No
Store
Is there one or more stores at the reception?
No
Children’s area
Is there a children’s area at the reception?
No
Exhibition room
Is there an exhibition room at the reception?
No
Exhibition Hall
Is there an exhibition hall at the reception?
No

Interpretive equipment

Are there trails on the section?
Yes
Access
Is there lighting at night?
Yes
Minimum accessible connection between parking spaces, if any, the start of the obstacle-free trail
Yes
Is there an adequate slope to allow circulation without assistance, with personal assistance or with technical assistance?
Yes, without assistance from third parties
Parking spaces reserved for vehicles used to transport disabled people according to current regulations. At least 5% of the total spaces
Yes
Parking signage, if any, with the International Accessibility Symbol on the floor and/or on walls
Yes
Informative poster at the start of the trail indicating the length, route, difficulty, duration and slopes by sections
Yes
Path start sign positioned no higher than 195cm
Yes
Itinerary
Vertical start signage
Yes
Vertical signage type
Written
Compact, non-slip and with no projections along their entire length, allowing wheelchair transit
Yes, marble pavers, large marble tiles
2 m. paved trails with non-deformable and non-slip material, with a different texture and different from the rest
Yes
The route is more than 150cm wide, with occasional narrowings of 90cm
Yes
Minimum clearance height of 220 cm
Yes
Rest areas
Yes
Urban furniture (fountains, dispensers...) arranged along the pedestrian route to provide sound orientation
No
End vertical signage
Written
Guiding partition and/or tactile foot signs to draw attention to an important feature
Yes
Islands with a minimum width of 150 cm to facilitate two wheelchairs passing each other
No
Is there an adequate slope to allow circulation without assistance, with personal assistance or with technical assistance?
Yes, with no assistance
Tree branches do not obstruct the route at below 2.20 m
Yes
Cycle touring lane
Does the section have a cycle touring lane?
Yes
Is there adequate lighting?
Yes
Concrete paving, compacted and board
Yes, concrete and asphalt
Width of 150cm on one-way tracks and 220cm on two-way tracks
No
200cm clear height
Yes
Adequate signalling of maximum speed and dangerous crossings
Yes
Lookout and observatory
Is there a lookout or observatory on the section?
Yes
Accessible connection from the parking, if there is one, to the premises, adapted to current regulations. Unobstructed area with a minimum width of 90 cm, an unobstructed height of 220 cm and a compact floor which allows for wheelchair access
No
Parking spaces reserved for vehicles used to transport disabled people according to current regulations. At least 5% of the total spaces
Yes
Parking signage, if any, with the International Accessibility Symbol on the floor and/or on walls
Yes
Height of interpretive panel between 45 and 195 cm
Yes
Are ICTs available so that the location and services are publicized in different languages?
No
Are there any resources so that people with cognitive disabilities can understand them?
No
Are there any resources so that people with hearing impairment can understand them?
No
Route length dimensions and time
1.6km This distance includes all the 7 streets of the Old Quarter, starting in Calle Somera and finishing in Arenal Park.

Educational Facilities

Nature classroom
Is there a nature classroom on this section?
No

Recreational facilities

Is there a recreational area on this section?
Yes
Access
Is there adequate lighting?
Yes
Accessible connection from the parking, if there is one, to the premises, adapted to current regulations. Unobstructed area with a minimum width of 90 cm, an unobstructed height of 220 cm and a compact floor which allows for wheelchair access
Yes
Parking spaces reserved for vehicles used to transport disabled people according to current regulations. At least 5% of the total spaces
Yes
Is there an adequate slope to allow circulation without assistance, with personal assistance or with technical assistance?
Yes, without assistance from third parties
Parking signage, if any, with the International Accessibility Symbol on the floor and/or on walls
Yes
Outdoor space
Are 10% of the tables and benches accessible?
No
At least one accessible access, if any
Yes

Beaches

Is there a beach on this section?
No

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